re: Poker & At what point do you consider slowplaying (even minraising!) AA/KK?
Originally Posted by tenbob
It really depends. If Im playing a sit and go shorthanded, and im raising most buttons, and stealing from the sb if folded to, then ill wont change my play at all, and raise it up, hoping that this is the hand that they will get fed up with me.
If have a solid read on the bb that he raises to most limps then i will limp from the sb. If if the button likes raise if there is a limper then i will limp. But generally if im playing a solid aggressive game against alert opponents then i wont change my play.
Against total donks that populate the $5-$20 sit and gos, I wouldnt get overly fancy with it and put in a standard raise, even with very passive opponents.
IF effective M on the table is 5 or less then limping in postion in an unopened pot, while risky can be a good play as well. You usually wont find this that often unless your playing turbos.
^^^This, pretty much. I will rarely change my play with big pairs unless I've got a very good reason to do so. If I've got an unobservant lagomaniac in the BB who loves to push or raise limps, then I'll probably limp and see if he'll do the same.
Even at the $16 STTs I play, though, people are generally observant enough to note that I haven't limped all game, and am now doing it with a ~15BB stack. It'll look very odd to them. If I've been raising 3BBs every time it's folded to me, I won't suddenly limp, I'll just do what I've been doing all along.
If a smart player sees you show down a trappy-played AA, he'll know that your standard raises aren't monsters, and you'll get a lot less respect for them. If you disguise your hand by playing it the same as your steals, then he'll be in the dark.
So in general, I don't slowplay them without a very good reason to do so.